Negotiation sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? Negotiations brought an end to civil war in Northern Ireland, achieved peace in Angola, attained a kind of peace between the government and guerrillas in Colombia, and pacified a decadeslong Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines. But negotiations have failed to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine. After nine months, the most recent round of negotiations, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, never got beyond "Go."
For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.
Most of the world recognizes the Palestinian cause as just, and most believe Palestinians are in need of justice. They and their descendants have lived on the land of historic Palestine since time immemorial, yet today, close to 4 million of them live in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem under different forms of Israeli military occupation.
We say: The Vietnam War demonstrated that a might power could be undone by the determination of a poor population. If only we would learn.
News reports on Wednesday suggest that President Barack Obama is readying to take U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State -- the Sunni militant group rampaging through northern Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate -- into Syria, where the group is headquartered.
NCR Today: It is time to bring political actors, scholars and religious leaders together to explore how to nourish a democratic spirit in the Middle East from indigenous roots.
NCR Today: "Slow-motion genocide" in Middle East; Nuns on the Bus launches next week; Catholic school teachers fired for getting pregnant; World Meeting of Families logo revealed
Ministry & Mission: Over the past 10 years, Mary Sue Carlson has devoted herself to assisting the poor, not only with money, but by actively recognizing their humanity.
We say: That year is important because it was the year the U.S. took its first steps down a regrettable path that has gone on for nearly 25 years.
How does "our responsibility" in Iraq today square up with America's decision to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003?